|Project by splintergroup||posted 02-06-2015 07:19 PM||2072 views||16 times favorited||19 comments|
I made this late last year, mainly because I had found a stash of Soss hinges I had bought on sale a few years back.
It turns out that Soss hinges suck for boxes (at least boxes with heavy lids). I had high hopes because the hinges went on perfectly, but after a few cycles the hinges began to twist/stretch in unusual ways an would no longer reliably close. BIG disappointment! I looked up quality box hinges and they exist, but at around $30 a set, no thanks! (maybe for a really special box). What can I say, I’m frugal….
Back to the box, the body is Cherry with a Walnut top and bottom frame. The lid has a Juniper veneer (from the fire wood pile). I like the Juniper, it has incredibly dense growth rings with many of my 12” or so diameter logs registering over 200 lines from center to edge.
The sides are joined with 1/4” box joints, left exposed for effect. I like the exposed joinery of Arts/Crafts style woodwork, though it does make it a pain to glue up and not be left with a lot of cleanup!
The interior is a simple mirror in the lid and a homemade slotted ring bar in the bottom (I mentioned I’m frugal right?). The box stays closed by two cylindrical super magnets glued into the front pieces and completely hidden by the top/bottom frames.
Finish is blond shellac. I didn’t anticipate the yellow cast to the Juniper and given the red/brown Cherry and brown Walnut, the color scheme is a bit odd (my wife rolled her eyes).
Anyway, I learned a bit. Box making is fun, takes minimal materials, and has the workings to make you pull your hair out.